The Q House was designed by asensio_mah & J.M.Aguirre Aldaz is a conscious exercise in developing an alternative domestic environment to the surrounding villas of the new suburban neighborhood in north spain. This house concept to producing an alternative domestic atmosphere is developed by constructing a more explicit relationship between the house and garden with the existing conditions of the steep site. This deliberate geometric configuration affords multiple readings of the outline of the house while facilitating a rich experiential lifestyle within its volume and landscape. Specific organizational and material strategies were developed to produce different volumetric and perceptual readings that change with the different vantage points towards and within the house.
This house is modern house building organized in three bands that are arranged around a central circulation core. These three bands maintain a prevailing orientation in the northeast-southwest direction to secure maximum daylight in every room. While the bands configure and organize the different rooms, the circulation core underpins a switchback pattern of shifting orientations with the gradual vertical movement through the house. The house is clad in dark “composite” panels that have been customized with digital fabrication techniques. These customized panels are used to articulate sections of the house volume in order to introduce legibility to the overall form. These panels offer a range of different surface consistencies and patterns to the house that reflect the sites changing light conditions in multiple ways, producing an ever changing range of texture and tones. Visit asensio_mah website or read the architects description after the images to get more information.
From the Architects
The building, seeks to maximize views over the parcel, it is organized along 3 bands that intersect around the circulation core. These three bands, that accommodate and organize the different rooms, open up towards different views and orientations, while maintaining a prevailing orientation in the northeast-southwest direction to secure maximum daylight in every room. While the bands configure and organize the different housing uses, they also demarcate the different landscape zones, defining the landscape qualities of the parcel.
The parcel is organized in a series of terraces that negotiate with the existing steep topography while configuring the base for a landscape with differentiated characters. The house is a conscious exercise in developing an alternative configuration to the surrounding villas of the neighborhood by developing strong relationships between the landscape and the house in order to produce multiple experiences within and towards the house. The multiple readings of the house mirror the rich experiential lifestyle that is facilitated by the geometric configuration of the house and its landscape.